Nordic Council Film Prize 2020

Films eligible for the Filmprize 2020 must be Nordic-produced full-length feature films with distribution, and have had its premiere between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020. The winner will be announced during the Award Ceremony in Reykjavik 27 October.

The DKK 350,000 prize will be shared equally among the screenwriter, director, and producer, underscoring how film as an art form is brought about by the close collaboration of these three main contributors. 

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  • Director: Frelle Petersen
  • Producer: Marco Lorenzen, 88 Miles
  • Country: Denmark
  • Original title: Onkel


Kris lives with her partly disabled uncle in rural Denmark and together they run a small farm. In their quirky yet loving relationship, built upon daily routines, words aren’t necessary. Kris is the dominant workhorse and she has taken on a motherly and overprotecting role towards her uncle. When Kris saves a calf during a complicated birth, her interest in the veterinary field is reawakened. She develops a friendship with the chatty veterinarian Johannes and slowly experiences life outside the farm. As love crosses her path, and a possible life-changing question emerges.

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Dogs Don’t Wear Pants

  • Director: Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
  • Producer: Aleksi Bardy and Helen Vinogradov, Helsinki filmi
  • Country: Finland
  • Original title: Koirat eivät käytä housuja

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants

Juha has lost his wife in a drowning accident. Years after he still feels numb and unable to connect with people. Meeting Mona, a dominatrix, changes everything.
The film is a darkly humorous story of loss, love and the sweet pain of being.

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  • Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • Producer: Rúnar Rúnarsson, Live Hide and Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir, Nimbus Film Iceland, Pegasus Pictures
  • Country: Iceland
  • Original title: Bergmál


Iceland, Christmas time. As everyone prepares for the holidays, a peculiar atmosphere falls upon the country revealing emotions of both excitement and concern. In the middle of the countryside, an abandoned farm is burning. In a school, a children’s choir is singing Christmas carols. In a slaughterhouse, chickens are parading along a rail. In a museum, a mother is arguing with her ex-husband on the phone. In a living room, a young girl is making her grandmother try on her new virtual reality headset...
Through 56 scenes, Echo draws a biting and tender portrait of modern society.

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Beware of Children

  • Director: Dag Johan Haugerud
  • Producer: Yngve Sæther, Motlys A/S
  • Country: Norway
  • Original title: Barn

Beware of Children

Beware of Children traces the dramatic aftermath of a tragic event in a middle-class suburb of Oslo. During a break in school 13-year old Lykke, the daughter of a prominent Labour Party member, seriously injures her classmate Jamie, the son of a high-profile right-wing politician. When Jamie later dies in hospital, contradicting versions of what actually happened risks making a difficult situation worse. Liv, the school’s principal and the secret lover of Jamie’s father, confronts the community in distress and her own conflicted emotions.

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  • Director: Amanda Kernell
  • Producer: Lars G. Lindström and Eva Åkergren, Nordisk Film Production Sverige AB
  • Country: Sweden
  • Original title: Charter


After a recent and difficult divorce, Stockholm-based Alice hasn’t seen her children in two months, as her ex-husband who lives in Northern Sweden with them, has barred her from seeing them. While waiting for the final custody verdict, she gets a phone call in the middle of the night, from her distressed son Vincent. She rushes to Northern Sweden to see him and his sister Elina. When her hopes of reconciliation with her children are dashed upon arrival, she abducts them and embarks on an illicit trip to Tenerife to try to reconnect with them.

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About Nordic Council Film Prize

The Nordic Council prizes aim to increase interest in culture and in collaboration on environmental issues, to recognise outstanding artistic and environmental initiatives and to raise the profile and increase the visibility of Nordic co-operation.

The prize-winning film 
The winner of the prize will each year be announced during the Session of the Nordic Council. The prize is awarded to an artistically significant, Nordic-produced full-length feature film with distribution. The film must have had its premiere between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020. The DKK 350,000 prize will be shared equally among the screenwriter, director, and producer, underscoring how film as an art form is brought about by the close collaboration of these three main contributors.

Criteria for nomination
The nominated films must have deep roots in Nordic culture, be of high artistic quality, distinguish themselves by their artistic originality, and combine and elevate the many elements of film into a compelling and holistic work of art. 

National and Nordic jury
Each national jury consists of three members appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers (Ministers for Culture). The members are selected from prominent figures whose work relates analytically and critically to film.

Each national jury has a three-year tenure, and the members of the national juries for 2020 are:

Denmark:   Per Juul Carlsen*, Jakob Wendt Jensen, Eva Novrup Redvall

Finland:    Jaana Puskala*, Harri Römpötti, Mikaela Westerlund

Iceland:    Hilmar Oddsson*, Börkur Gunnarsson, Helga Þórey Jónsdóttir

Norway:   Inger Merete Hobbelstad*, Kalle Løchen, Britt Sørensen

Sweden:   Kristina Börjeson*, Emma Gray-Munthe, Gunnar Bergdahl

The Nordic jury is made up of the chairs (*) of each of the national juries.

Event Dates

Finnish Film Prize event
17 - 27 September 2020

Love & Anarchy, Helsinki Int. Film Festival

Contact: Anna Möttölä

Norwegian Film Prize event
22 - 25 October 2020

Nordisk Filmhelg, Oslo

Contact: Jan Langlo

Award Ceremony
27 October 2020

Nordic Council Prizes

Contact: Elisabet Skylare

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

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Salma Reiermark Karoliussen
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